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. and later, president obama and congressional leaders speak at the fellowship foundation's prayer breakfast. testified about the attack thon u.s. consulate in benghazi, libarch that killed ambassador stevens and three other americans. the pentagon never received the request from the state academy for security, and did not have the resources to get support on the ground in time to thwart the attackers. leon panetta is stepping down. this hearing is four hours and 15 minutes. [inaudible conversations] [inaudible conversations] >> good morning, everybody. today the committee welcomes secretary of defense, leon panetta, and the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, general martin dempsey. to testify about the department of defense's response the deadly terrorist attack on the u.s. temporary mission facility in benghazi, libya, last year. and the findings of its internal review following that attack, including lessons learned from benghazi. we will be receiving testimony next tuesday morning on the impact of sequestration and/or a full-year continuing resolution on the department of defense wit
however since i was appointed by president obama as the special and set -- inspector general for afghanistan reconstruction. since then i have traveled twice to afghanistan and spoken to the major players as well as many of our nation's top policymakers and prestigious think-tank experts including many right here at csis. i've i have learned a lot about our government's efforts there, what we have accomplished and what we haven't as well as the many challenges that still faces in that country. i have also spent a great deal of time thinking about what my role and what my agency's role at sigar is in afghanistan. let me tell you -- take a few minutes to tell you a little bit about sigar. it's not a well-known organization. it's not something that you smokey there. the special inspector general for afghan reconstruction is the only agency in the entire united states government whose mission is reconstruction in afghanistan. nothing else. so we are unique about that. we have the unique authority to examine any project by any government agency operating in afghanistan dealing wit
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